Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.” vs. 5Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16
Redemption is one of those words that is used regularly by Christians and often connected with Jesus’ death on the cross. It describes the process by which we are made right with God through grace. It’s interesting that the psalmist, long before Jesus, also knew about redemption and claimed it as his own, a gracious gift from his faithful God. It signals that no matter how we have lived, no matter what brokenness has messed up our lives, redemption is also a part of our story. Because the psalmist knew the faithfulness of God, he made a decision to commit his spirit, his whole self, into God’s gracious hands. According to Luke, Jesus used those same words as he hung on the cross, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” Of course that wasn’t a last-minute decision for Jesus–that’s how he’d lived out his entire life. And that’s exactly the way millions of folks are living right now in this fractious and divisive world. When it’s so hard to figure out a satisfactory way of life with such a multitude of options, it just makes sense to commit our whole beings into the hands of our redeeming God. All the pressure is removed, and we are freed to live joyfully and thankfully as we learn to love the awesome people God is connecting us with every day. With God as our rock and fortress we have nothing to fear!
Thought for the Day: Who is God going to connect me with today?